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    I was recently at the gas station on a busy Erev Shabbos in Lakewood.
    In spite of the fact that the particular station I was at is a corporate location of a nicer chain that usually has SY least two to four attendants during daytime hours, there was only one attendant and he closed most of the station (only four pumps were open out of I believe twelve).
    What this boils down to is that there is currently a labor shortage and people can get better jobs with better pay than pumping gas.
    NJ is one of only two states to have this archaic law banning drivers from refueling their own cars.
    I reached out to my state representatives, and received a very noncommittal response.
    If many of us point this out to our elected officials, it might help


    They’ve been trying to change that law for decades, already, without success.

    Amil Zola

    I live in that other state that doesn’t have self serve. We have no shortage of attendants, our unemployment is still around 4%. Of course we don’t have stations with 12 pumps in my area either.

    ☕️coffee addict

    They should just do what masbia did

    Hire the illegals


    It keeps people employed and you don’t have to get out of your car. It also allows smaller independent gas companies to operate.


    Another reason for electric cars, although in NJ, they will probably require some state licensed electrical engineer to plug your car in at public charging stations.


    That’s probably because BLM burned down the other 8


    Great way to pad employment numbers for whichever politician is in power during a period of economic slump, but right now there is a labor shortage and you can’t get your gas pumped for you at many stations.
    The mom and Pop shops are having an even harder time getting labor (I’ve seen the elderly owner of one shop, actually pumping gas himself because he couldn’t find an intent to hire for a price that he could afford.)
    In effect, this is going to put many of the smaller out of business
    As far as needing to get out of the car, myself or not, isn’t that a choice I should make, not some clown in a suit in Trenton?


    This is great news for those who want to support their learning. Take a job at the gas station and continue learning. A perfect job, does not take up your mind much beyond counting cash and watching the pump. Perfrect for Torah she b’al pe. Furthermore, if you take this job in Lakewood, you can speak with your customers in learning and get hevrusa and tips!


    In todays modern technological economy, there is less skill required or being learned as an entry level job than most entry level jobs.
    And considering that there are many openings for entry level jobs that post the same or better and provide growth opportunities, very few people are motivated to take such a job.


    @fake, there are several things one might learn at an entry-level job: learn to be responsible for his actions; keep his middos in check; coming and leaving on time; being honest in financial matters; become motivated to go learn a skill to get a better job.


    Don’t mean to be a snob, but I like NJ’s no self service gas stations. I miss it when I have to fill up out of state. I always properly thank the attendant.

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